Acai Bowl

January 15, 2014

I first fell in love with acai bowls when visiting New York City a few years ago. My girlfriends, who had been in town for a few days staying with our friends who were living there, were already bonkers for them. Everyone was! On street corners and park benches I’d see folk eating these weird and wonderful purple purees. Ground up acai berries and frozen fruit were a delicious antidote to the New York City August heat. And last year, at Coachella, determined to stay hydrated I devoured acai bowls on the daily. Topped with sliced banana and granola, they’re just about the most refreshing and filling breakfast. Or post hike smoothie

Back home in Australia we are set for an outrageously warm week. Melbourne in January is either dreary and dismal or disastrously hot. Are you surviving the heat ok, lovelies? Please, stay hydrated. I’m just hanging around my freezer and frequently tipping buckets of water on my head. You know, the usual. I also have a bag of acai powder and a freezer full of frozen bananas to help me get through these stinking Summer days.

Acai berries are a real treat (they’re certainly not cheap), packed full of antioxidants and a vibrant taste. I’m a fan of all berries, really, but I felt such pangs of nostalgia when I saw acai powder in a store at Christmas time I purchased a bag and gifted it to myself. I am so thoughtful like that. Today was the perfect day for a breakfast acai bowl, to help me chill out and try to enjoy this crazy Summer.

I might just live at the beach this week. Or in my freezer. And my diet shall consist of salad, nut butter straight from the jar and acai bowls… Ain’t she pretty?

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Acai Bowl

Serves 1

Ingredients
1 large  frozen Banana (or 2 small, as I used)
1 heaped tablespoon Acai Powder or frozen berries (to get the deep purple colour simply use more powder. As I said, it’s not cheap, hence my pleasantly palid bowl)
1 glug of Milk
1 teaspoon Pure Maple Syrup
Toppings: toasted nuts and seeds, sliced banana, granola to serve

Method
1. Puree the banana with some milk (adding more if your blender is not too proficient) until smooth and creamy.
2. Add the acai powder and puree until incorporated.
3. Taste and add maple syrup as desired.
4. Spoon the mixture into a bowl and add toppings.

What did you have for breakfast today?

Heidi xo

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  • Terry Turtle January 15, 2014 at 8:33 am

    This looks delicious! Perfect for a hot, summer morning like today!!

    • Heidi January 15, 2014 at 1:40 pm

      Indeed, Terry x

  • Lauren January 15, 2014 at 1:35 pm

    Looks amazing! Silly question – do you freeze bananas already peeled? I froze some whole and they were impossible to peel frozen!

    • Heidi January 15, 2014 at 1:41 pm

      Yes you peel them first! I used to peel them & freeze them whole but during a cooking demonstration someone gave me the hot tip of dicing them first & that is much easier 😉 x

  • vegeTARAian January 15, 2014 at 9:59 pm

    This sounds delish! A cool treat to kick the summer heat.

    • Heidi January 17, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      For real! x

  • InTolerant Chef January 15, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    This does look great for the hot weather Heidi. You so need to check out the Yonana machine- it makes amazing creamy ‘icecream’ from just frozen fruit.
    The temperature here is 40* so we’re hibernating in the house with blinds drawn. The dog is too big to come in, so we’re hosing him down several times a day to stay cool 🙂

    • Heidi January 17, 2014 at 5:47 pm

      Oh, bless! Yonana does sound awesome. Stay cool, lovely x

  • Hannah January 16, 2014 at 5:27 am

    You’re prettier. And we really should be able to add our temperatures together and then go halvsies. Would be perfect that way. xo

    • Heidi January 17, 2014 at 5:48 pm

      That makes so much sense!! x

  • cat January 17, 2014 at 1:48 pm

    Just wondering where you got the Acai powder from, my local “Leo’s” stocks most of Loving Earth products, but not this one

    • Heidi January 17, 2014 at 5:49 pm

      I found this powder at Aunt Maggie’s health food shop on Gertrude st in the city (Melbourne) x

  • Lucy January 20, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Yes my obsession has grown from festival acai bowls sold out of teepees to the hard core addiction that happened during my recent visit to California. You can probably imagine! So I made this today, and am so happy I spent most of my small amount of money on a massive jar or Acai from loving earth. I didn’t have any maple but threw in a few blueberries. Delicious. Thank you for this one! x